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5 demining TAPI project route in Kandahar killed

5 demining TAPI project route in Kandahar killed

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May 21, 2018 - 15:37

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Five de-miners working on TAPI project have been killed and a sixth abducted by gunmen in the Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday.

Local officials said the incident took place in the Malang Karezinfo-icon area of the district Monday morning. The de-miners belonged to AN NGO named AMBC, which works on clearing the TAPI project route.

A supervisor of AMBC, who was present at the time when the incident happened, said they had been cleaning explosives on TAPI project route for four days in the area.

The official, who wished to go unnamed, said they were in the area when armed motorcyclists approached and opened fire on them.

The source said five demining workers were killed and some others escaped in their vehicles. One of them was taken hostage by the attackers.

The fate of the hostage remains unknown. Who the attackers were was yet to be known, the source said.

He added they immediately informed the security personnel, who helped transfer bodies of the slain workers.

The governor’s spokesman, Daud Ahmadi, confirmed the incident and said the victims worked on clearing the TAPI project route.

He said the workers had met civil and military officials in the district on Sunday and said the Talibaninfo-icon had no problem with them and security forces did not need to ensure their safety.

Afghan forces have launched an investigation into the incident to track down the perpetrators, Ahmadi said.

Kandahar police spokesman, Zia Durani, said the Taliban conducted the attack despite assurances that they would not create hurdles to the project.

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